Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tuesday's Preview (13 Nights Left)

Even with minimal games on the schedule, some teams were able to average out a point per game or a little bit better on Monday. Peter and John P., however, were the only two teams in the top seven to not draw a point out of the action last night, although John P. only had one player going last night, so he could be somewhat excused. Nevertheless, the lead expanded last night to 12 points, while the race for 2nd tightened up a bit, as third and fourth each picked up 3 points on second.

The real scoring match though, occurred in Phoenix, as the Coyotes ate up the Stars, 6-5 in overtime, but there wasn't many points to be had in the top seven, so they all went to waste. Shame.

Tuesday night's action should be a lot more substantial, as there are seven games on the schedule. Let's see what kind of action we'll be looking forward to tonight.
731 points
-12 from lead
John B.
-14 from lead
-21 from lead
-25 from lead
-33 from lead
John P.
-35 from lead


Blake Wheeler, F

Patrice Bergeron, F

Vaclav Prospal, F

Phil Kessel, F

Tim Thomas, G

Martin St. Louis, F


Marc Savard, F

Dennis Wideman, D

Zdeno Chara, D


Steve Mason, G

Pekka Rinne, G

Jason Arnott, F

Dan Hamhuis, D

Mike Commodore, D

Shea Weber, D


Martin Erat, F

Kristian Huselius, F

Fedor Tyutin, D


Alex Kovalev, F


Duncan Keith, D


Martin Havlat, F

Nikolai Khabibulin, G

Cam Barker, D

Cristobel Huet, G

Roman Hamrlik, D


Brian Elliot, G

Nathan Horton, F




David Booth, F



Kevin Bieksa, D

Marek Zidlicky, D




Pierre-Marc Bouchard, F

Daniel Sedin, F

Mattias Ohlund, D

Mikko Koivu, F

Henrik Sedin, F

Sami Salo, D

Marc-Andre Bergeron, D

Roberto Luongo, G



Ales Hemsky, F

Ryan Getzlaf, F




Patrick O'Sullivan, F

Scott Niedermayer, D


Dustin Brown, F

Marty Turco, G

Anze Kopitar, F

Mike Ribeiro, F

Kyle Quincey, D

Alex Frolov, F


Drew Doughty, D

Now, that John P. has been added to the top table, there really is no game that every team in the top seven has a player in, but I am beginning to see that maybe the addition was a little premature and that a substraction will be required sooner, than later.

It does look like the really good match-up will be in Columbus, as the Predators show up to play a key divisional match. The Jackets failed to win a game over the weekend against St. Louis, while the Preds got away with beating the Wings on Sunday. In this game, we'll have a good goaltending match-up, as first place Clayton has Steve Mason, while second place Peter has Pekka Rinne. That's some real head-to-head action. These two teams will hook up again on Saturday as well.

Another busy game on the schedule for Tuesday is Tampa Bay visiting Boston, as all teams, but John P., have players in that one. Nine players within the top six are going in that game.

The top team, in terms of players, tonight is Peter, who has the possibility of ten players, including both goalies, especially since Marty Turco did not start for the Stars last night in Phoenix. The Stars travelled to Los Angeles overnigh and will have another late game on the West Coast.

Marcus will have the benefit of haaving Cristobel Huet in net for the Blackhawks, as they face his former club, the Canadiens in Montreal tonight. Now would be a great time for him to get hot, as Nikolai Khabibulin may have had his confidence shaken a little bit.

Well, there you have it. I'm not sure if there is going to be much for live scoring tonight, as it could be a busy day/early evening at the office. There will be an update in the morning though, regardless.

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